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Comparing Android Security Versus iOS Security

1 week ago

Keiran Dennie tweeted an interesting chart that compares the security of various smartphone operating systems.

Wondering about Android and Apple phone security? Here’s an objective chart to help you decide.

It’s a well known fact of Android that people have to rely on their carrier to push out security updates. This can take weeks, months, and sometimes they don’t get released at all.


Andrew Orr

A Sony Smart Watch Strap That Costs as Much as an Apple Watch

1 week ago

Sony’s latest bid in the smart watch space is the wena range. It includes a smart wrist strap that works with mechanical watches and smart modules too. Smart straps have not been hugely successful thus far, with payments being a potential saving grace for the technology. However,  the price of this particular model could be a hurdle. As a review in Wired noted, the strap alone costs as a much as an Apple Watch Series 4.

The wena wrist pro strap costs £399, which, bafflingly, is the same price as an Apple Watch Series 4 (and way more than a £279 Series 3). The bundles with the watch modules cost from £499 to £849 though Matt Oakley, who handles Sony Europe’s new business development, says that he expects that the majority of sales will be strap only.


Charlotte Henry

Facebook Lets You Search for Photos of Your Female Friends

1 week ago

Matthew Hughes writes about how Facebook lets you search for photos of your female friends, but not your male friends. Not that you should creep on guys either, though.

Facebook lets you search for photos of your female friends, but refuses to play dice if you want to look up pictures of your male friends. The bizarre find was discovered this weekend by notorious Belgian white-hat hacker Inti De Ceukelaire.

Every time I ask myself, “Can Facebook get any more toxic?” The answer is YES. It’s as if Mark Zuckerberg is competing to be the Worst Person in America.


Andrew Orr

Greatly Improve Your Typing Speed with Typesy Typing Trainer

1 week 1 day ago

We have a deal on Typesy Typing Trainer, software designed to help you learn how to push your typing speed from 50 words per minute (WPM) to over 100. It includes games, activities, and an in-app coach. A lifetime subscription to this service is $19.99 through us.


Bryan Chaffin

Mozilla Calls on Retailers to Avoid Insecure Smart Devices

1 week 1 day ago

The Mozilla Foundation published its Minimum Security Guidelines and urged retailers stop selling insecure smart devices.

Dear Target, Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon –

The advent of new connected consumer products offers many benefits. However, as you are aware, there are also serious concerns regarding standards of privacy and security with these products. These require urgent attention if we are to maintain consumer trust in this market.


Andrew Orr

Sorry, Facebook Messenger Decryption is Secret

1 week 1 day ago

Yesterday a U.S. judge ruled that a secret government effort to compel Facebook to decrypt Messenger voice conversations won’t be revealed.

Groups including the American Civil Liberties Union argued that the public’s right to know the state of the law on encryption outweighed any reason the U.S. Justice Department might have for protecting a criminal probe or law-enforcement method.

One word: PRISM.


Andrew Orr

Hiding Your Unborn Child From Facebook and Google

1 week 1 day ago

When writer James Temperton and his partner found out they were having a child, they resolved to keep it hidden from the internet. It proved even more difficult than you might think. Changes to how the couple used technology were just the start of it, as Mr. Temperton’s story in Wired revealed.

Completely relearning how to use the internet is one thing, but becoming a social pariah is something else entirely. And then, when the baby is born, a new problem arises. How on Earth can you stop anyone who takes a photo of your child from storing that image on Google Photos, thus opening it up to Google’s machine learning algorithms? That’s my child. Why should Google be allowed to sink its algorithmic claws into his beautiful face and use that data to better personalise its products and services?

 


Charlotte Henry

Nebia – the Luxury Shower Head Backed by Tim Cook

1 week 1 day ago

It is not all that often that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google founder Eric Schmidt come together on a product. However, they both invested early on in the Nebia luxury shower head. The product launched its second iteration on Kickstarter Tuesday, and Mark Wilson tested it out for Fast Company. The idea of Nebia, as well as being luxurious, is to reduce water consumption in a shower by between 50% and 65%.  Version 2 has received investment from the likes of Joe Gebbia (co-founder, Airbnb), James Park (CEO, Fitbit), and Barry Sternlicht (CEO, Starwood Capital Group).

So what’s new with the Nebia 2.0? For the most part, it’s the same system it always was. Its core is an aluminum tower that slides up and down depending how tall you want your shower to be. It still features a wand that sticks to the shower wall with a powerful magnet, serving as a body sprayer most of the time. And it’s the only shower system on the market that can be installed without screws or drilling.


Charlotte Henry

WWDC 2019: June 3-7 in San Jose, California

1 week 1 day ago

I still count this as a rumor until Apple officially provides the dates, but MacRumors found something they believe confirms the dates.

While we were already confident the WWDC 2019 dates would fall on June 3-7, we confirmed with a source that a large annual event of some kind will be taking place during that week at McEnery. Meanwhile, the second and fourth weeks of June are ruled out due to the already-announced O’Reilly Velocity conference on June 10-13 and the Sensors Expo on June 25-27 at McEnery.


Andrew Orr
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